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The living room with the dining area

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

This is the quintessential old-Lisbon apartment, perfect for anyone seeking to experience the true feel of the city.

You will be staying in the 17th-century Lapa neighbourhood, a central, quiet residential area with cafes, restaurants and museums. Within a 15-minute walking distance to the heart of Lisbon, it is the ideal base for exploring the city’s highlights by day (the riverfront, Chiado, Baixa, Alfama and the castle) and night (the restaurants and bars of Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré), joining the trendy locals.

A protected late-19th-century building with all the distinct Lisbonesque architectural details, from the glazed-tile (azulejo) facades to the long, wrought-iron-railing balconies, from the tall French windows to the stone-framed kitchen fireplaces.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Costa de Caparica, Cascais, Guincho, Ericeira 15 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lisbon 13 km, Nearest railway: Cais do Sodré 1.8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Further details indoors

Orta House, 100 sqm big, is owned and was renovated by an architect. The apartment's unique feature is its layout, taking up the whole third floor, with all rooms distributed along the four sides of the building.

Lisbon's particular sunlight and vistas – the colourful streets mounting the hills, the wide river and the iconic red suspension bridge – penetrate the house throughout the day, infusing a special atmosphere.

Full renovation brought in all the modern-day features (wood-frame double-glazed windows, fully-fitted and equipped kitchen and bathroom, central heating) while keeping with the traditional materials (solid-board wood floors, wood doors and shutters).

The quirky chic decoration is a markedly personal mix of contemporary design and traditional pieces, reflecting the owner's taste for collecting objects of past everydays. It will take Lisbon's very own charms to convince you to leave the house in the morning!

• Children are very welcome, although you should be prepared for a third floor with no lift.

• The double room has one double bed (140cm wide)

• The twin room has two single beds (each 80cm wide) that can also easily join and be used as a double bed.

• Fully equipped kitchen ideal for longer stays and family dinners.

• Furnished study area.

Further details

• The host or his English-speaking representative will be on hand to answer any questions and give you insider tips.

• Wi-fi internet connection throughout.

• There is no lift in the building.

The Costa de Lisboa/Lisbon region

Lisbon is one of the oldest, most characteristic and most charming capitals of Europe. Today, it bears testimony to its past, be it Roman (with a buried theatre and underground thermal baths), Medieval Moorish (the intricate fabric of neighbourhoods such as Alfama and Mouraria), Medieval Christian (the castle and cathedral) or Modern (the renaissance and baroque churches and monasteries, the neoclassical squares and entire quarters).

Lisbon now “mixes majesty and shabbiness in equal measure, and its hallmark is an energy that flows through its streets” (i-escape), with galleries, museums, theatres, shops, restaurants and clubs that add new layers to this ever-surprising kaleidoscope of styles, places and peoples. Lisbon’s centre is best experienced by walking its meandering streets and alleys, hopping on a tram or public lift (elevador), sitting outside in a café in the sun, on a square or up on of its belvederes, or inside a cosy bar tasting a glass of Port wine and a sample of the renowned Portuguese pastry.

Sitting at the mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo), to whose mirror-like surface the city owes its special light, Lisboa is at the centre of an area with multiple points of interest: nearby Belém, with its museums, the monastery, the cultural centre and the famous custard pasties; Cascais and Sintra, each deserving day trips; the beaches on the coast south of the city (Caparica and the Costa Azul); the coast to the north (Guincho and Ericeira for surfing, Torres Vedras for golf, Nazaré for the scenery); and, further afield, important world heritage sites such as Évora, Alcobaça, Batalha and Tomar.


Situated on the southern edge of Lapa, the apartment sits right next to two other characteristic Lisbon neighbourhoods: Santos, the riverfront area now dubbed ‘design district’ for its design shops, bars and galleries, and Madragoa, a tightly-knit old fishermen’s quarter home to some fine restaurants on picturesque streets.

In the immediate vicinity, the fine-arts museum (Arte Antiga), the Orient museum and the Houses of Parliament await your visit. Our road is served by tram number 25, which can take you up to the Estrela area (the famous baroque basilica – climb the cupola! – and shady park, ideal for kids) or down to Baixa, the traditional commercial core of Lisbon.

A 10-minute-walk will take you to the famous tram 28, which stops at Bairro Alto (for restaurants and nightlife, the Bica public lift and the Santa Catarina belvedere, where you can witness the most amazing sunsets), Chiado (for theatres, museums and shops), Baixa, Castelo (the castle, with the old town at your feet), Alfama (the stunning medieval town – check out the Fado restaurants!) and Graça (where the monastery, the flea market behind it and the national pantheon all deserve a visit). Even for locals, this is always an amazing ride, and you don’t have to visit anything to simply enjoy it! All along the way, as throughout the city, you can always stop in a pastelaria (café) and do what any Lisboner does several times a day: have a little espresso coffee and a sweet!

You will find transport links at your doorstep to Belém (a 15 min. tram ride along the river, check out the riverside park, great for kids), Estoril and Cascais (a 30 min. train ride right on the sea shore for the beaches, the casino and beautiful villages).

The owner will share further insider tips on the city so that you can experience Lisbon like a real Lisboner!

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6 Aug 2014


"The location is so convenient."

We were welcomed with a bottle of wine and fruits. It's a spacious apartment and closed to pubic transit, local restaurants, bank, and small grocery store. However, there is no air conditioning… More

I'm afraid my house does not have air conditioning, nor it this mentioned anywhere in the (lengthy and detailed) description of the apartment. I am against air conditioning as a matter of principle, and because it is not part of my culture (we prefer traditional, environmentally-conscious solutions for ventilation and protection from the sun). However, the house is usually very cool and comfortable in the summer (there are only two west-facing windows), and guests generally appreciate this!

15 Jul 2014


"Excelente apartamento"

A poco del apartamento, tienes bien comunicado el transporte.Excelente atencion de Martim, la persona que nos atendio a la llegada y muy buenas las explicaciones recibidas por el.Recomendable para la … More

8 Jul 2014



Our two week stay at Orta House helped make our visit to this wonderful city very memorable. Spacious apartment, bright and sunny, tastefully furnished and very well organised with everything we neede… More

3 Jun 2014


"Great choice"

Loved this place from the moment I saw the photos and it didn't disappoint in reality. Unfortunately we were only in Lisbon for 3 nights. Martim, Ricardo's nephew met us the morning we arriv… More

30 May 2014


"Wonderful, stylish flat in perfect location."

We stayed at Orta House with my parents for 4 nights. As we usually stay in hotels we weren't sure what to expect - but the flat turned out to be a great idea. The flat is much cheaper than a hot… More

8 May 2014


"Even better than we'd hoped"

The photos looked great on the website but the reality was even better. The flat is so light and spacious, quiet but close to the city centre. There are great transport links a couple of minutes away.… More

25 Mar 2014


"Good Value for Money"

Great location as base to go around lisbon. Trams/buses/supermarket close by, Washing Machine available, WIFI works great. Basic things like oil, salt, pepper, tea already in the kitchen.… More

7 Mar 2014


"Beyond Expectations!"

We have been fortunate to stay in many vacation rentals over the years, and Orta House is one of the best. A true measure of a great vvacation rental is the comfort of feeling that you are walking in… More

7 Oct 2013


"A home from home in Lisbon"

I stayed at Orta House with my partner and then alone, and I found it a wonderful home during my time in Lisbon. I loved the location, with great local amenities and easy to get into the centre, but a… More

18 Jun 2013


"A colourful, comfortable get-away in a great location"

An amazing and special apartment that is colourful and light. The owner, Ricardo, has done a fantastic job making Orta House feel both modern and comfortable, providing a well-equipped kitchen, excell… More

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Calendar last updated:12 Sep 2014

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